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Is 2 months off for maternity leave enough?

With my first I had a whole 2yrs off as a stay at home mom. Now, I am uncertain of how much time is enough. I dont like the idea of leaving a newborn (2month old) off to daycare. BUT my job offers 2 months with some pay. Is that enough time?

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Asked by KayGia0704 at 10:46 AM on Dec. 5, 2010 in Pregnancy

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  • To me that is not enough time so I always take a loa after my maternity leave to spend more time with my little one.

    Answer by nicjon at 10:49 AM on Dec. 5, 2010

  • To heal yes. You can return to work in 6 weeks. I took 7 weeks with my son because It's all the pay I had and DH was out of work. I HAD to go back. With DDI took 12 weeks and could not be happier with that choice. It's about what you can do. If all you can do is 2 months then that's all you can do. Is going back part-time for another couple of months an option? It could be a compromise if it would work for you.

    Answer by But_Mommie at 10:49 AM on Dec. 5, 2010

  • Depends on the person. I would have loved to becomes a SAHM right after my oldest was born but went back after 12 weeks and my granny took care of was still hard but doable

    Answer by rebeccadac at 10:50 AM on Dec. 5, 2010

  • When I had my daughter I was only given 6 weeks of paid maternity leave. If I didn't HAVE to go back to work then I definitely would have either took a longer leave or put in a resignation.

    Answer by Ctink8189 at 10:50 AM on Dec. 5, 2010

  • I took off 6 weeks for my now 8 month old.

    Answer by Malapertinent at 11:08 AM on Dec. 5, 2010

  • Sounds long enough to me. When I was working while I was pregnant they didnt even offer leave. They said I had to return to work the day after I got home. But I was put on bed rest and they fired me right after that.

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 11:16 AM on Dec. 5, 2010

  • Mommy of two- Was this before the family act? It's not legal to fire someone over child birth!? They have to give you 12 weeks (unpaid) leave for the birth or adoption of a new child.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:18 AM on Dec. 5, 2010

  • i went to work when my daughter was 12 weeks

    Answer by amymartinez0214 at 11:41 AM on Dec. 5, 2010

  • I think that 12 weeks of FMLA is required by law. And they can't fire you.

    Answer by TARARENEE at 12:46 PM on Dec. 5, 2010

  • It's nice that your employer is giving you 8 weeks paid maternity leave you don't hear that often, but the FMLA states that you can take up to 12 weeks unpaid leave for the birth of a I guess it depends on your situation. If you can afford the extra time off, maybe you should consider staying at home a little longer. Or perhaps do part-time as was mentioned above. Good luck and congrats!

    Answer by Nawti at 12:08 AM on Dec. 7, 2010

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